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MOBILITY. The mob: a sort of opposite to nobility. MOHAIR. A man in the civil line, a townsman, or tradesman:

a military term, from the mohair buttons worn by persons of those descriptions, or any others not in the army, the buttons of military men being always of metal: this is gem nerally used as a term of contempt, meaning a bourgeois,

tradesman, or mechanic. Moiety. Half, but vulgarly used to signify a share or por

tion: as, He will come in for a small moiety. MOLL. A whore. Moll Peatly's GIG. A rogering bout. MOLL THOMPSON's Mark. M. T. i. e. empty: as, Take

away this bottle, it has Moll Thompson's mark upon it. Molly. A Miss Molly; an effeminate fellow, a sodomite. MONDAY. Saint Monday. See SAINT. Money. A girl's private parts, commonly applied to little

children: as, Take care, Miss, or you will shew your

money. MONEY DROPPERS. Cheats who drop money, which they

pretend to find just before some country lad; and by way of giving him a share of their good luck, entice him into a public house, where they and their confederates cheat or rob him of what money he has about him. MONGREL. A hanger on among cheats, a spunger; also a

child whose father and mother are of different countries. MONKS AND FRIARS. Terms used by printers : monks are

sheets where the letters are blotted, or printed too black; friars, those letters where the ink has failed touching the type, which are therefore white or faint. MONKEY. To suck the monkey; to suck or draw wine, or

any other liquor, privately out of a cask, by means of a straw, or small tube. Monkey's allowance; more kicks than halfpence. Who put that monkey on horseback with

out tying his legs? vulgar wit on a bad horseman. MONOSYLLABLE. A woman's commodity. Moon CURSER. A link-boy: link-boys are said to curse the

moon, because it renders their assistance unnecessary; these gentry frequently, under colour of lighting passengers over kennels, or through dark passages, assist in robbing them. Cant. MOON-EYED HEN. A squinting wench. Moon MEN. Gypsies. Moon RAKERS. Wiltshire men: because it is said that

some men of that county, seeing the reflection of the moon in a pond, cndeavoured to pull it out with a rake. MOONSHINE. A matter or mouthful of moonshine; a trifle,

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MOU nothing. The white brandy smuggled on the coasts of Kent and Sussex, and the gin in the north of Yorkshire,

are also called moonshine.
Mor. A kind of annual fair in the west of England, where

farmers usually hire their servants.
To Mop up. To drink up. To empty a glass or pot.
MOPED. Stupid, melancholy for want of society.
MOPSEY. A dowdy, or homely woman.
MOPSQUEEZER. A maid servant, particularly a housemaid.
MORGLAG. A brown bill, or kind of halbert, formerly

carried by watchmen ; corruption of more, great or broad,

and glave, blade. MORNING DROP. The gallows. He napped the king's par

don and escaped the morning drop; he was pardoned, and

was not hanged. MORRIS. Come, morris off ; dance off, or get you gone :

allusion to morris, i.e. morisco, or Moorish dancing. MORT. A woman or wench; also a veoinan's daughter. To

be taken all-a mort ; to be confounded, surprised, or mo

tionless through fear. Moses. To stand Moses : a man is said to stand Moses

when he has another man's bastard child fathered upon
him, and he is obliged by the parish to maintain it.
Moss. A cant term for lead, because both are found on the

tops of buildings.
Mossy Face. The mother of all saints.
Mot. A girl, or wench. See Mort.
MOTHER, or The MOTHER. A bawd. Mother abbess;

the same. Mother midnight ; a midwife. Mother in
law's bit; a small piece, mothers in law being supposed
not apt to overload the stomachs of their husband's chile

MOTHER OF ALL SAINTS. The Monosyllable.
MOTHER OF ALL Souls. The same, Irish.
MOTHER OF ST. PATRICK. The same. Irish.
MOUCHETS. Small patches worn by ladies: from the French

word mouches.
MOVEABLES. Rings, watches, or any toys of value.
MOUSE. To speak like a mouse in a cheese ; i. e. faintly or

indistinctly MOUSETRAP. The parson's mousetrap; the state of matri

mony. Mouth. A noisy fellow. Mouth half cocked; ore gaping and staring at every thing he sees. To make any one



laugh on the wrong, ort'other side of his mouth; to make

him cry or grieve. Mouth. A silly fellow. A dupe. To stand mouth; i. e.

to be duped. To Mow. A Scotch word for the act of copulation. Mow Heater. A drover : from their frequent sleeping on hay mows.

Cant. Mower.

A cow. Muck. Money ; also dung. MOCKWORM. A miser. MUCKINDER. A child's handkerchief tied to the side. MUD. A fool, or thick-sculled fellow; also, among prin

ters the same as dung among journeymen taylors. See

DUNG. Mud LARK. A fellow who goes about by the water side

picking up coals, nails, or other articles in the mud. Also

a duck Muff. The private parts of a woman. To the well wear

ing of your muff, mort; to the happy consummation of

your marriage, girl; a health. MUFFLING CHEAT. A napkin. MUGGLETONIANS. The sect or disciples of Lodowick

Muggleton. MULLIGRUBS. Sick of the mulligrubs with eating chop

ped hay: low-spirited, having an imaginary sickness. Mum. An interjection directing silence. Mum for that; I

shall be silent as to that. As mute as Mumchance, who was hanged for saying nothing ; a friendly reproach to any one who seems low-spirited and silent. MUMCHANCE. An ancient game like hazard, played with

dice : probably so named from the silence observed in play

ing at it. MUM Glass. The monument erected on Fish-street Hill,

London, in memory of the great fire in 1666. MUMBLE A SPARROW. A cruel sport practised at wakes

and fairs, in the following manner: A. çock sparrow whose wings are clipped, is put into the crown of a hat ; a man having his arms tied behind him, attempts to bite off the sparrow's head, but is generally obliged to desist, by the many pecks and pinches he receives from the enraged

bird. MUMMER. The mouth. MUM PERS. Originally beggars of the genteel kind, but

since used for beggars in general. MUMPERS Hall. Analehouse where beggars are harboured. 1


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M Y R MUNDUNGUS. Bad or rank tobacco : from mondongo, a

Spanish word signifying tripes, or the uncleaned entrails

of a beast, full of filth. Mung. To beg. Muns. The face, or rather the mouth : from the German

word mund, the mouth. Toute his muns ; look at his face. MUNSTER PLUMS. Potatoes. Irish. MUNSTER HEIFER. An Irish woman.

A woman with thick legs is said to be like a Munster heifer ; i.e. beef to

the heels. MURDER. He looked like God's revenge against murder ;

he looked angrily. MURPHIES. Potatoes. Mushroom. A person or family suddenly raised to riches

and eminence: an allusion to that fungus, which starts up

in a night. Music. The watch-word among highwaymen, signifying

the person is a friend, and must pass unmolested. Music is also an Irish term, in tossing up, to express the harp side, or reverse, of a farthing or halfpenny, opposed to the head. MUTE. An undertaker's servant, who stands at the door of

a person lying in state: so named from being supposed

mute with grief. MUTTON-HEADED. Stupid. Mutton MONGER. A man addicted to wenching. MUTTON. In her mutton, i. e. having carnal knowledge of a

woman. MUZZLE. A beard. MUZZLER. A violent blow on the mouth. The milling

cove tipped the cull a muzzler; the boxer gave the fellow

a blow on the mouth. MYNT. See Mint. MYRMIDONS. The constable's assistants, watchmen, &c.

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NAB, .

or NAB CHEAT. A hat. Penthouse nab; a large hat. To NaB. To seize, or catch unawares. To nab the teaze; to be privately whipped. To nab the stoop; to stand in 3


the pillory. To nab the rust; a jockey term for a horse that becomes restive. To nab the snow: to steal linen

left out to bleach or dry. Cant. To NaB GIRDER, or NoB GIRDER. A bridle. Nack. To have a nack; to be ready at any thing, to have

a turn for it. NACKY. Ingenious. NAILED. Secured, fixed. He offered me a decus, and I

nailed him; he offered me a crown, and I struck or fixed

him. NANNY HOUSE. A brothel. To NAP. To cheat at dice by securing one chance. Also

to catch the venereal disease. You've napt it; you are in

fected. Napring. To take any one napping; i. e. to come upon

him unexpectedly, to find him asleep: as, He caught him

napping, as Morse caught his mare. NAPPER. The head; also a cheat or thief. NAPPER OF NAPs. A sheep stealer. Cant. NAPPY ALE. Strong ale. Nask, or NASKIN. A prison or bridewell. The new nask;

Clerkenwell bridewell. Tothil-fields nask; the bridewell

at Tothil-fields. Cant. Nation. An abbreviation of damnation : a vulgar term used

in Kent, Sussex, and the adjacent counties, for very. Nation good; very good. A nation long way; a very long

way. Natty LADS. Young thieves or pickpockets. Cant. NATURAL. A mistress, a child; also an idiot. A natural

son or daughter; a love or merry-begotten child, a basNAVY Office, The Fleet prison. Commander of the

Fleet; the warden of the Fleet prison. NAY WORD. A bye-word, proverb. NAZARENE For Etop. The foretop of a wig made in imi

tation of Christ's head of hair, as represented by the pain

ters and sculptors. Nazy. Drunken. Nazy cove or mort;

or harlot. Nazy nabs; drunken coxcombs. NEB, or Nib. The bill of a bird, and the slit of a pen. Fi.

guratively, the face and mouth of a woman; as, She holds

up her neb; she holds up her mouth to be kissed. NECK STAMPER. The boy who collects the pots belonging

to an alehouse, sent out with beer to private houses. NECK VERSE. Formerly the persons claiming the benefit of clergy were obliged to read a verse in a Latin manu


drunken rogue

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